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Italian Horror Films of the 1960s: A Critical Catalog of 62 Chillers
     

Italian Horror Films of the 1960s: A Critical Catalog of 62 Chillers

by Lawrence McCallum
 

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Until I vampiri (The Vampires) in 1956, Italian filmmakers generally eschewed horror in favor of fantasy films and big screen spectacles. In the 1960s, the subjects became as varied as the filmmakers, ranging from the comic strip flavor of The Wild, Wild Planet (1966) to the surrealistic mixture of horror and social commentary of

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Until I vampiri (The Vampires) in 1956, Italian filmmakers generally eschewed horror in favor of fantasy films and big screen spectacles. In the 1960s, the subjects became as varied as the filmmakers, ranging from the comic strip flavor of The Wild, Wild Planet (1966) to the surrealistic mixture of horror and social commentary of Fellini’s “Toby Dammit” segment of Spirits of the Dead (1969).
Arranged by English title, each entry includes Italian title, studio, running time, year of release, work the film is based on (when appropriate), and cast and credits. These data are followed by a lengthy essay, blending a plot synopsis with critical commentary and behind-the-scenes information.

Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
intriguing...terrifically, well-thought out analysis...critical comments are very enjoyable...a good addition to your library
ARBA
encompasses the entire spectrum of Italian horror productions of the 1960s
Brutarian Quarterly
entertaining, scholarly
From the Publisher
“intriguing...terrifically, well-thought out analysis...critical comments are very enjoyable...a good addition to your library”—Classic Images; “encompasses the entire spectrum of Italian horror productions of the 1960s”—ARBA; “entertaining, scholarly”—Brutarian Quarterly; “Italian horror films were notable for casting some of Europe’s most beautiful and sensuous women...McCallum really won my heart”—Monsters from the Vault; “detailed credits and critiques…thorough study”—Interzone; “McCallum demonstrates an enviable knowledge of Italian cinema”—Scarlet Street; “recommended...a fun evening’s read”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “fabulous”—bare•bones; “McCallum has given us a map to this neglected segment of horror history...a good primer for those who are new to the genre...writing is solid and often entertaining”—CultureDose.com; “useful”—Reference & Research Book News.
Booknews
Italian filmmakers eschewed the genre of horror until the 1956 film I Vampiri (The Vampires); then the 1960s saw an explosion of their popularity. Entries on 62 films include Italian title, studio, running time, year of release, work the film is based on, cast, and credits, followed by a critical essay including a plot synopsis and behind-the- scenes information. Film stills and advertisements are included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Interzone
detailed credits and critiques...thorough study
Monsters from the Vault
enjoyable survey...Italian horror films were notable for casting some of Europe's most beautiful and sensuous women...McCallum really won my heart

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419685
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/22/2004
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

The late Lawrence McCallum wrote for Filmfax, Scary Monsters and The Scream Factory.

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